Ecclesia Book Club
Join us throughout the year as we read these four books together. Each of the authors will teach at our weekend gatherings later this year.
chase the lion: if your dream doesn't scare you, it's too small - Mark batterson
When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.
This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose of life was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they would be impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of.
Mark Batterson will be joining us later this year. Date to be announced.
THE ANSWER TO OUR CRY - RICK MCKINLEY
Innovative pastor exhorts readers to live fully, love boldly, and fear nothing by understanding and embracing the freedom Jesus offers: freedom from sin, freedom from anxiety, and ultimately the freedom to truly love.
Rick McKinley will be joining us later this year. Date to be announced.
THE PRODIGAL: a raggamuffin story - BRENNAN MANNING AND GREG GARRETT
A true companion piece to Brennan Manning's The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything--his church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing--but he found grace. It's the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who loves us just as we are, and not as we should be.
Greg Garrett joined us for our weekend gatherings April 29th & 30th. You can find his message "Finding Home" here.
finding the lost art of empathy: connecting human to human in a disconnected world - tracy wilde
In Finding the Lost Art of Empathy, Tracy Wilde addresses the reasons why we struggle with showing empathy toward others and explains why we ultimately avoid it—and even avoid contact with others altogether. She explores the different facets that have promoted isolation instead of community and provides the antidote for a more unified, loving, and empathetic society. In this book Wilde hopes to inspire all of us to self-reflect and remove those obstacles from our lives so that we can experience true fulfillment in our relationships—the way God intended us to.
Tracy Wilde joined us for our weekend gatherings October 14th & 15th. You can find the message "Who's My Neighbor?" here.